Arrived in Padstow harbour (right in the middle of the town) after grabbing a few hours sleep. The last 24 hours were exhausting. The channel into Padstow has a sand bar, which limits access to certain states of the tide.
So we had to wait our time in the relative shelter of a small bay called Port Quinn Bay, just up the coast from Padstow. When it was time, we came out into the swell again, passing some small day trip fishing boats containing somewhat green holidaymakers, regretting their choice of 'fun'.
Seeing the sun come up and glimpsing the north cornwall coast in daylight was a real blessing. We were also joined for a while by some porpoises, who swam alongside in the dawn light. They were supplanted by a pod of common dolphins, including some mothers with babies. Obviously we were this weeks must see in the cetacean world.
So, Padstow. A small fishing picturesque village on the north Cornwall coast, now very popular as a holiday centre. Across the River Camel is Rock, one of the summer haunts of the the youngsters of London's beautiful people including the Princes William and Harry. Padstow is also home to Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant.
And Rick Stein's Cafe, Stein's Patisserie, Stein's Deli, Stein's Fish and Chips, Stein's Gift Shop, Padstow Seafood School, St Petroc's Bistro.
As a harbour user we get use of a wonderful shower and laundry block, and provide part of the entertainment for the holidaymakers around the harbourside. Looks like we will star in many people's holidays snaps and videos showing us coming in and mooring in style, and form part of the charming backgrounds of those shots taken eating icecream etc.
After eating at a harbourside pub this evening, whilst our laundry is whirring away in the machines in the Harbour Office block, I came back to the boat, while robin went to pick up the washing. As I sit here now, a guitarist is playing and singing meloncholy songs as the sun sets and most folk are making their way home at the end of the day. One of those magical moments.
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